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(U of Chicago Chronicle)   Genetic researchers delve into thereally important mysteries of life, like "why can't Asians hold their booze?"   (chronicle.uchicago.edu) divider line 15
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2006-03-30 05:27:00 PM
From the article itself: "It is widely known that many East Asians have a mutation in a related gene that renders this pathway nonfunctional." That part is OLDS.

Cool paper. Geekerific linkification is here . One of a gajillion hapmap papers that just came out...
 
2006-03-30 05:50:33 PM
Yo-Yo Ma does not tolerate booing.

/got nothing
 
2006-03-30 06:24:43 PM
Still no cure for cancer.

/got nothing
 
2006-03-30 08:50:21 PM
errm cos the asians had nice clean water. in europe, they didnt and instead of just drinking it, they brewed it!
 
2006-03-30 09:00:42 PM
Asians can't hold their booze cuz they're too busy groping the chick next to them on the train.

// best I can do on short notice
 
2006-03-30 09:09:03 PM
There must be some media jackazz, who is gonna call this report racist, Evn though it's so true. Do asians puke more than everyone else though?

/Ric romero on the scene.
 
2006-03-30 09:12:13 PM
2006-03-30 08:50:21 PM potato_chip_eating_geek


errm cos the asians had nice clean water. in europe, they didnt and instead of just drinking it, they brewed it!


It's not because the water's clean, they just boil it first to make tea. Cleans it right up. I wonder if their caffiene tolerance is higher or something.
 
2006-03-30 09:53:40 PM
is this connected somehow to their driving?
 
2006-03-30 10:54:03 PM
Those midgets cannot hold their booze!

/hopefully not obscure?
 
2006-03-31 12:54:43 AM
To the best of my knowledge this is why most asians also tend to get very red faces when drinking - since the enzyme levels in their bodies are so low, the brain gets hit with a much higher percentage of alcohol than in non-asians. To counteract this, the body starts to flush as much blood through the brain as possible - hence the red faces even after just one strong drink.

I remember hearing that the enzyme that binds to alcohol in the blood is also responsible for binding to certain carcinogens as well. A nuclear plant in Germany had an unnoticed background radiation leak that basically caused all the enzymes in the worker's bloodstreams to be used up combatting it, and when they went to the pub after work for a drink, several of them died from alcohol poisoning after a couple of beers because there were no enzymes left to stop the blood alcohol level from reaching a lethal dose (normally you would pass out first and then you can't keep drinking).. This was how the leak was discovered.

Anyways I don't know if it is true, but it is interesting :)
 
2006-03-31 01:22:39 AM
doesn't explain how the 100lb asian girl I knew could ALMOST outdrink my 200lb white brother. tho she was quit the mutant.
 
2006-03-31 01:58:48 AM
doesn't explain how the 100lb asian girl I knew could ALMOST outdrink my 200lb white brother. tho she was quit the mutant.


mutant is kinda right ... 'she' was a tranny!!
 
2006-03-31 09:52:53 AM
Reese: Anyways I don't know if it is true, but it is interesting :)

It certainly would be if true. Links? Snopes?
 
2006-03-31 10:52:01 AM
It sure is fun when they start calling themselves "Raoul". But less so when they give themselves alcohol poisoning.

/fortunately I come from a whitey alcoholic background! I can hold mine...
//stupid husband, ruin my New Year's will he
 
2006-03-31 01:08:24 PM
Its around a 65-80% genetic polymorphism dealing with a lack of ALDH or Aldehyde Dehydrogenase. Alcohol in the system is converted to an Aldehyde, then to a Carboxylic Acid which can easily be handeled by the bodies blood steam and eventualy blown off as CO2. But when you have a lack of ALDH, you get the Aldehyde just floating around your system in such a great concentration that it causes vessel dialation and hence the flushing of the face that is seen in Asians when they drink.

/or something like that
//but hell you always have a cheap date
 
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